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2023 - The Year That Was

Places impact you for a variety of reasons. And the same place impacts different people in different ways. This is especially true when it comes to spiritual experiences, where every single person’s experience is unique. And personally, every spiritual experience is unique, the same person can have different deeply spiritual experiences at different places, at different times. This thought has emerged because of my own experiences over the years, but especially so this year, with different and unique experiences at various places I have visited recently. I began this year with a visit to Baroda (Vadodara) with friends. It was meant to be a relaxed trip, a touristy trip, with our sons. We enjoyed ourselves to the hilt, but the highlight of that trip was a visit to the Lakulisha temple at Pavagadh. It was the iconography of the temple that I connected with, and I spent a few hours simply lost in the details of the figures carved around the temple. There was an indefinable connect with

Skywatch Friday - Kudle Beach, Gokarna

Gokarna has many beaches, each one looking more beautiful than the other. All are small ones and the smallest among them gets its name from the very fact - Kudle beach (the word Kudle comes from the local word for 'small'). The beach is surrounded by hillocks, and the view from the top is stunning...



To the left is Om Beach, and to the right is the main Gokarna Beach. Separating them are the mountains... or hillocks. To get to either beach, one has no choice other than take the long road around the hills or climb over them!



In fact, to get to both, Kudle, as well as Om Beach, one has to climb down the hill!! Vehicles only reach the road atop the hill, and then there are steps cut into the rock, which help us get to the beach. 



Kudle Beach was empty when we visited, since it was off season. We were told that during the peak season, there wouldnt be space to sit there! We, however, had all the time, and the space, and simply sat by the shore as Samhith happily collected shells! 

This is my entry for Skywatch today. For more beautiful skies from around the world, visit the Skywatch Page.

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  1. Nice article..every tourist know only Om beach which is always crowded.. I this would be a great place to relax and have fun on beach. Thanks for sharing..

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    1. Thank you, Ramnath. But even Om beach was empty while we were there. its mostly packed during the season, which is what we heard... and in any case, that is why i chose to go during off season. u cant see a place at its best, but u at least get to see it in peace!

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  2. The top two pictures with their green and blue look so alluring.

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    1. Thanks Mridula! they are truly beautiful, even more than they seem in my pics! it was great going there, but i wish i can go again.... and if u get a chance, do go there.

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  3. Beautiful beach photos! Looks so serene.

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    1. Thanks Pradeepa. It really was serene... since it was monsoon and the crowds were away!!

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  4. Nice shots. It is a lovely trek over the hills from one beach to another.

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    1. Thanks Niranjan.. unfortunately, I couldnt do the climb... maybe another time

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  5. Really a beautiful beach! I see so much of greenery around which makes it more inviting!

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    1. Yes, Renuka. There is so much of greenery around, which just makes these beaches so much more alluring!

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  6. Beautiful pictures Anu, beach looks so tempting without the crowd and with the greenery around. :)

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    1. Thanka so much, Neelima. It is so good to see you here after so long... and yes, the greenery and the lack of crowd was certainly the best part of it! so glad I went at such a time!

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  7. Beutiful Kundle! Western Coast has hundreds of beaches remaining where not many people go.

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    1. True PNS. but this is one of those beaches where apparently there is no place to stand during the peak season. It was like this only because it was afternoon, in the monsoon, and we were the only souls there.

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